Dr. Aaron J. Krasner has joined Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan as the director and unit chief of the adolescent transitional living program.

Krasner, who is bilingual in Spanish, was previously a staff psychiatrist and instructor in clinical psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center in the developmental neuropsychiatry program. He was also an assistant attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Krasner will oversee the Silver Hill program for adolescents with complex psychiatric presentations. He has been trained in multiple evidence-based psychotherapies and assessments including dialectical behavior therapy, the primary modality for the unit.

"Adolescent psychiatry requires a nuanced understanding not just of the patient, but also of the family and entire extended support system," said Sigurd Ackerman, president and medical director. "Dr. Krasner has years of practice in adolescent psychiatry and many unique cultural experiences, bringing us to a new level of comprehensive adolescent care. His dedication to the well-being of adolescents is evident and I am thrilled he will be on our staff."

"I am looking forward to working with the excellent staff and doctors at Silver Hill," said Krasner. "With their ongoing focus on new programs and services for adolescents, I know we will be able to provide even more help to families in crisis, making a difference in the lives of many."

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Krasner has published in peer-reviewed journals on a number of topics. He is a 2013 recipient of a Pilot Research Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and his "Longitudinal Profiles of ADHD Symptoms in a Nonreferred Low Birthweight/Preterm Cohort: An Exploratory Study" will be featured in its honors book at the annual conference in October.

Krasner was trained at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in both adult and child psychiatry and is board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has advanced training in the psychopharmacologic management of complex neurodevelopmental disorders as the recipient of the Whitaker Scholar in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry at Columbia University.

He is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Medical Society of New York, among others.

He was a fellow and is now a lifetime member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, for which he works on several committees. He was president of the Northwestern University, Feinberg Medical School class of 2007 and has a bachelor's degree, with honors, also from Northwestern University. In addition, he earned a multiple subjects teaching credential from California State University at Hayward during his years as a Teach for America bilingual elementary school instructor.